Archive for August, 2012

I was touched yet inspired by the passion of this kid in the picture and wrote a short Poem Titled: “My Passionate Dream”

By: Joseph M D Johnson, Poet | AU YVC | Youth Advocate, Liberia


I can feel it

I can’t touch it

I can hear it

I can’t listen to it

I can play with it

I can’t dance it

I can see it

I can’t read it

I can imagine it

I can’t understand it

I can talk it

I can’t speak it


Theme: Water for the future: The contribution of the Youth
Call for papers

The East African Young Water Professionals (EAYWP) is pleased to announce its 2nd Young Water Professional Conference that is slated to take place in KigaliRwanda, 9th -11th December under the theme Water for the future: The contribution of youth.

This conference will provide a forum for professionals especially the young working in water and wastewater research, technology and management to present their work and share their experience on the role of different stakeholders in ensuring that this fundamental resource is preserved for the next generation. Papers and posters on all aspects of the Water sector, including water and wastewater research, technology and management, social and environmental aspects are invited.

The conference is open to all professionals in the water sector especially the Young Water Professionals in Africa and the International community. The participants will have the opportunity to showcase their works, share their experience, network and make contributions to preserving water for the future.

Sub themes:
·        Climate Change

·        Integrated Water Resource Management

·        Water Governance, Finance and Management

·        Youth Empowerment and Gender

·        Sanitation and Hygiene

Contact: Organizing Committee

Important dates
First Announcement:                19th July 2012 
Submission of abstracts:        20th September 2012
Notification of authors:        30th September 2012
Submission of full papers:        15th November 2012

Don’t say, I never informed you Smile

SOURCE: contact us
African researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators are being sought for to propose projects that will deliver market-oriented solutions for Africa-led development.

The projects should be under one of seven categories which include: agriculture and agribusiness, ICT applications, health and wellbeing, environment, energy and water, manufacturing and service industries.

The winning proposal will be awarded a cash prize of US$100,000, while the runner-ups will receive US$25,000 each. The registration deadline is 31 October 2012 with no possibility for extensions

The initiative, which is dubbed “Innovation prize for Africa” is co-founded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF). Interested persons can apply online via



The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) are delighted to announce the call for applications for the 2013 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). Too often, innovators and entrepreneurs are not highly profiled on the African development agenda. It is IPA’s mission to elevate attention around innovative work and help support the vision of entrepreneurs. The prize honours and encourages innovative achievements that contribute towards the development of new products, increased efficiency or cost savings in Africa. The prize also promotes the efforts of young African men and women pursuing science, technology and engineering careers as well as business opportunities that aim to contribute to sustainable development in Africa.

The goals of the 2013 Prize are to:

  • Mobilize leaders from all sectors to fuel African innovation
  • Promote innovation across Africa in key sectors of interest through the competition
  • Promote science, technology and engineering as rewarding, exciting and noble career options among the youth in Africa by profiling success applicants
  • Encourage entrepreneurs, innovators, funding bodies and business development service providers to exchange ideas and explore innovative business opportunities.

IPA anticipates contributing to the following outcomes:

  • Increased commercialization of research and development (R&D) outputs in Africa
  • Increased funding of start-ups, adoption of new and emerging technologies and accelerated growth of an innovative and dynamic private sector; and
  • Increased economic activity and African led development that results in lasting impact

Please contact us with any questions about the 2013 Prize application.